The Staatsschauspiel Hannover has a long history, that goes back to the 19th century. The main building (Prinzenstraße) is a new, ultra-modern construction that opend up in 1992. The predominatly white building reminded me of a futuristic car park at first, but the large open space of the foyer creates an interesting atmosphere. Espacially because of the huge pictures of the ensemble and of productions, that one can see everywhere. There is also a theater museum with changing exhibitions inside of the theater. The entrance is free for people who have a valid theater ticket for the show of the day.
The Artistic Director since 2009 is the stage director Lars-Ole Walburg and he employed some of the best actors and actresses I know in Germany. Some of the artists worked at the Centraltheater in Leipzig for Sebastian Hartmann before they moved to Hannover. If you haven’t heard about Hartmann before, that might be an interesting theater research. His attempt to modernize the German state theater system and to push the boundaries was discused extensively in various theater journals over the years.
I saw the production “Maria Stuart” lately. Aesthetically I would say that the ensemble follows a post-modern agenda, where experimental theatrical perceptions and representations are created. The video trailers of the productions can give you a better idea of the different styles of directors like Sascha Hawemann, Martin Laberenz or Anna Bergmann. The actors are asked to make the audience aware of the live event and to involve them. They might break out of their roles and start to improvise or drink a beer with you, like it happend in “Maria Stewart” – here to ironically extend the farewell of Maria (the evening acuminates in here exhecution).